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    (STATS) -- Senior Day at Villanova will take on a whole new meaning this year. Zac Dalpe Jersey .When the Wildcats honor their graduating class prior to Saturdays showdown with fellow CAA Football powerhouse James Madison, theyll also pay tribute to the only coach the program has known since being reinstated in 1985.Theres still a real chance this wont be the last time Andy Talley walks off the Villanova Stadium turf, however, and the No. 9 Wildcats (7-2, 5-1) would make a playoff home game a virtual certainty if theyre able to knock off the high-powered Dukes and win next weeks rivalry game at Delaware in the regular-season finale. A sweep would give the retiring 73-year-old one more cherished parting gift -- at least a share of the conference title.Im pretty excited about the game, said Talley, wholl hand over the reins to longtime assistant Mark Ferrante at seasons end. Thank God its at Villanova.JMU (8-1, 6-0) has plenty to play for as well, perhaps more.Sixth in the STATS FCS Top 25 and fourth in the FCS selection committees latest rankings, the Dukes appear to have the inside track on securing home-field advantage through the quarterfinals of the playoffs, which theyll receive the CAAs automatic bid to if they win Saturday.The Dukes will have earned it, having already beaten three teams (Richmond, New Hampshire, Maine) residing in the conferences upper half -- all on the road.Weve attempted to build this team from back in January to be a physical, hard-nosed football team, because those are the kinds of teams that win on the road, those are the kind of teams that win late in the season, coach Mike Houston said. I think our identity has changed, its changed pretty drastically from last year. I think thats certainly helped in those road venues.That toughness was fully evident a week ago, when JMU twice overcame a second-half deficit to outlast Richmond in a 47-43 thriller and end the then-No. 6 Spiders 11-game home winning streak.Despite the daunting assignment of facing two straight top 10 opponents on the road in as many weeks, Houston isnt overly concerned about the possibility his team could be mentally drained off such a grueling game.Certainly there was a lot of emotion in that game. That being said, its on to the next opponent, he said. Thats kind of been our motto each week and all throughout the year, and I think the players have done a really good job of that. Theyll understand the whole deal. I expect that theyll be completely dialed into a very, very good Villanova team.Houstons more pressing worry is solving a Wildcats defense thats among the stingiest at the FCS level. The unit, anchored by NFL prospect Tanoh Kpassagnon (34 tackles, 16 TFL, 7.5 sacks), ranks third in the subdivision in both total yards (268.0) and points (14.9) allowed per game. Villanova has yielded only one passing touchdown and four offensive scores over the last five games and came up with four interceptions in last weeks 26-7 win at Maine.They have maybe the best player in the league with (Kpassagnon), hes a great player, Houston said. Theyre what you expect when you think of Villanova football. I think that weve got our work cut for us to move the football.Talley shares the same fears about a JMU offense thats been close to unstoppable all season long. Second only to No. 1 Sam Houston State in points per game (49.1), the Dukes have gained at least 430 yards in every contest and put up 31 points or more against each of its FCS opponents.Weve got to be able to take some time off the clock and keep the ball out of their hands, Talley said. Richmond got in a shooting match with them, and Richmond has the kind of skill set to do that. I dont think we have the kind of skill there. I think were going to have to keep the game in the teens or low 20s to have a chance.Talley can take some comfort in his quarterbacks recent performance. Now fully over a concussion sustained last month, Zach Bednarczyk completed 23 of 31 passes for a career-high 326 yards and three touchdowns in the Maine win. The sophomore appears back in top form heading into an intriguing matchup with counterpart Bryan Schor, whos hit on a remarkable 79.2 percent of his throws for 858 yards and 12 touchdowns with no interceptions over a three-game roll.It just doesnt matter for either of these guys. It could be rain, sleet or snow, and theyre going to perform, Talley said. Theyre both real good at finding people on the run, especially Bryan Schor. Hes done a great job with that. I must have watched the JMU-Richmond game five times and continued to be amazed with how long he keeps plays going. I think its a matchup of two really, really good quarterbacks and two football teams that are on a hard charge.Bednarczyk rushed for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns in last years meeting with JMU, but committed four turnovers -- two of which the Dukes returned for touchdowns in a 38-29 victory in Harrisonburg.The home team has won six straight in the series, with the Dukes last winning at Villanova in 2008. Brandon Dubinsky Jersey . -- Stanfords Kevin Danser knelt on one knee and hardly moved on the sideline as Michigan State celebrated its Rose Bowl victory and his Cardinal teammates made their way to the locker room. Lukas Sedlak Jersey . -- For the first time in two months, an opponent was standing up to Alabama. . "We have always prided ourselves on the way we play defence. Having two big pieces back is going to be a key for us moving forward for years to come," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. OMAHA, Neb. -- After an eight-day break from games for finals week, 10th-ranked Creighton is ready to return to the hardwood and put their undefeated record on the line on Saturday against Oral Roberts.The 10-0 Bluejays havent played since routing Longwood 113-58 on Dec. 9. That was the fifth-highest scoring total in school history and the most since a 115-80 win on Jan. 19, 1985, over Indiana State.Creighton heads into its 7 p.m. matchup against Oral Roberts at CenturyLink Center as one of just remaining teams with an undefeated record. The Jays and Gonzaga are 10-0, Villanova and UCLA are 11-0, and USC and Baylor are 9-0 through games played Friday.Oral Roberts is 2-9 with wins over John Brown and Rogers State. The Golden Eagles are 0-8 in road games, including setbacks at Baylor, Michigan State and Oklahoma.Kris Martin leads the Golden Eagles in scoring at 15.0 points per game. Albert Owens is next at 13.7 and a team-leading nine blocked shots. Jalen Bradley, a Norfolk, Neb., native, averages 12.7 points and 4.7 assists per game.Golden Eagles guard Darian Harris spent the 2013-14 season in Omaha as a redshirt freshman in the Creighton program. Harris transferred to ORU after the season and has scored 124 career points and pulled down 110 rebounds in 64 games with the Golden Eagles.The 113 points against Longwood was the third time this season that Creighton has cracked the century mark. That total also pushed the teams per game average to 91.6 to rank No. 5 nationally.Those 916 points are 50 more tthan Creighton has ever scored in its first 10 games of any season. Jordan Schroeder Jersey. The previous best was 866 in the 1965-66 campaign.Creighton also continues to be among the nations leaders in field goal and three-point shooting. The Jays are second in both categories, shooting 54.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from long distance.Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster has scored 15 or more points in nine of Creightons first 10 games and is averaging a team-leading 17.8 points per game.Senior Maurice Watson, a preseason All-Big East selection, is also living up to his lofty preseason expectations. Watson is the nations active leader in career assists with 730 and he leads the nation in assists per game this season with 9.1.Two native Omahans also are making big contributions for the Bluejays at both ends of the floor. Sophomore Khyri Thomas averages 13.3 points per game while shooting 60 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from beyond the arc.Redshirt freshman Justin Patton is shooting 80.3 percent from the field (second nationally) while averaging 12.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Twenty-four of Pattons field goals have come on dunks.After Saturdays game, the Bluejays travel to Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State on Tuesday before another eight-day break over Christmas that precedes the beginning of Big East play on Dec. 28 with a home game against Seton Hall. Cheap Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China China NFL Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China ' ' '
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